Investigation underway into barge sinking off Vancouver Island

CAMPBELL RIVER — The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is investigating after a barge sank in the Strait of Georgia near Vancouver Island.

Spokesman Dave Paddon said the barge, named Lasqueti Daughters, took on water and began sinking while 16 people were aboard on Saturday.

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A rescue operation ensued. None of the passengers were hurt.

The barge was salvaged and towed to Campbell River.

Paddon said the board is sending a team of investigators to gather information and assess the incident. The independent agency, which investigates marine, pipeline, railway and aviation transportation incidents, does not assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.

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